Unite HERE Local 11 postponed today's scheduled negotiations with the Los Angeles Hotel Employer's Council while it mulls over the latest proposal it received from management on Monday.


Union negotiators want to meet with hotel officials sometime next month after they have had time to contemplate the latest proposal, said Fred Muir, a consultant to the council, who attended Monday's talks.


The hotel's contract offer called for unspecified improvements in wages and benefits wrapped in the same demand for a five-year contract they first made to L.A.-based Local 11's 2,800 workers last spring, Muir said.


Hotels made the offer as a counter-proposal to the union's demand for a two-year agreement Monday during the first round of face-to-face negotiations since Sept. 2.


Officials from the nine prominent local hotels locked in the labor dispute have vowed not to sign a two-year deal, which would align the L.A. agreement's expiration date with contracts in as many as nine other cities, giving the union more bargaining strength.


The most recently six-year contract with Local 11 expired April 15.


Meanwhile, the union is sticking to its Nov. 11 call for a boycott of the hotels, which it claims has cost employers more than $1 million in lost revenues.

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